Happy Thanksgiving to all! It is one of the best holidays in America as everyone gets together and reminisces on all of the things in life that make them happy. For some of us, baseball is one of the great joys in life.
The Chicago White Sox would probably say that the pitcher that they are most thankful for on Thanksgiving is Dylan Cease. That is fair and the hitter to be the most thankful for right now has to be Eloy Jimenez. The White Sox acquired both of them in the same trade with the Chicago Cubs.
Jimenez has had a really hard time staying healthy over the course of his short MLB career so far. That is something that needs to get fixed very soon otherwise he will be known as one of the greatest "what ifs" in the history of the sport.
That is a big deal because he is one of the most gifted young hitters to ever put on a Chicago White Sox uniform. When he is healthy, he is a lock for 30 home runs and 100 RBIs but he has never fully reached those potentials as health has been an issue.
Eloy Jimenez is on the path to have a bright baseball future if healthy.
It is fair, however, to still be thankful for him because of what we know he can do with his bat. He has been absolutely unbelievable when healthy and he showed that in the second half of 2022. It is a shame that the team around him couldn't take advantage of his brilliance.
He has a lot to prove in 2023 but there are some good moments ahead for him. With the new coaching staff in place, you can probably expect to see the best in Eloy as they will be pushing everyone to have as much fun as they can and we know that he will enjoy that.
Few people enjoy life more than number 74. If he can bring some of that back even more next year, he will have some huge numbers. Between his personality and ability to hit baseballs, it is easy to be thankful for a guy like that on your favorite team.